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Turner Essay It is extremely difficult to avoid comparing the habits of ones own group of people to anothers However Turner is clearly guilty of this and he succumbs to prejudices of his time He is limited to writing about what he has seen which may prove to be false and incomplete Turner does not blatantly detest the Indian population of America but hints at a superiority of the white man in the following In this advance the frontier is the outer edge of the wavethe meeting point between savagery and civilization Turner p 3 This statement although not overwhelmingly inflammatory still gently pushes the idea of the American Indians being unequal in terms of their culture as when compared to the mainly white European population of the Eastern half of the United States This type of misjudgment is what Nussbaum refers to as descriptive romanticism where a culture is condemned for its strangeness It is human nature to fear what is different but it also in our capacity as thinking beings to overcome and appreciate those very differences that make us individualsTurners picture of the Indians is really an opportunistic one in the sense that the Indian guides were of great help to settlers yet when it came to razing a village that was in the way there were no qualms about that It is the western view of Indian culture that makes it out to be absent of any moral values that it can be exploited if necessary Turner explains in the following that eventually America had no interest in preserving the independence of the Indians and securing the frontier was of utmost importance the regulation of Indian trade the purchase of Indian lands
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